Rochelle has very high standards when it comes to the people in her life, which is in great part due to the betrayal that she suffered at the hands of her own mother, who abandoned her and her older brother, Mitchell, to be with another man, leaving their father to raise them alone single-handedly. This single act would ignite Rochelle's hatred for her mother and mother's lover (Leo Stone) for years to come.
While in her mid teens, Rochelle became involved with brothers Jean-Luc Donavan and Pierce Donovan (not at the same time. I mean, this is Rochelle -- one who would learn all too well the pitfalls of infidelity with her future boyfriend, Leonard Stone), although it was Jean-Luc who she fell for despite having dated his older brother first. While Jean-Luc and Rochelle gave the dating scene a trial for a short while, Jean-Luc felt very dirty dating the woman that his brother had a thing with, and ultimately asked Rochelle to call it quits between them. Knowing she couldn't very well force Jean-Luc to stay with her inspite of his brother, she gave him his freedom.
A year or so after, she would become involved with Leonard Stone. However, that relationship would be just as turbulant due to Leonard's countless affairs. Although the two would continue and on/off again relationship for a few years, the final straw would come when she caught him in bed with her best friend, Lacreasha Dupree, signifying the end for both relationships. That same night, she returned late to her office at HatcherKeller covered in blood, intriguing a very suspicious Anton. The next morning, it was revealed that Leonard Stone had been found dead, which intensified Anton's suspicions about the blood on Rochelle's clothes even more. Rochelle along with Royce, Kavina and Anton endured a grueling interrogation from new arrival police officer, Aubrey Capitulous Everestt, who had her eyes on Rochelle for the crime. Later, Officer Capitulous set up an interrogation party, where she revealed to most of Hallandale a very much alive "Leonard" Stone. Needless to say, everyone present was shocked, including Rochelle, who thought she had been seeing Leonad's ghost all around town, when in actuality, it was the real thing stalking her movements. When it was later revealed that "Leonard" had no recollection of the night of his shooting, Rochelle reluctantly agreed to help him.
Over the next several weeks, however, evidence begin to turn up that pointed to Rochelle as the murderess, including a bundle of bloody sheets, which gave the authorities probable cause to arrest her for suspicion of murder. "Leonard" confronted her and asked her how she could do it, but Rochelle denied it. She eventually hired Evelin Vasquez to represent her. When the trial ensued, Rochelle was being destroyed by the prosecution (headed by Liam Jackson) and Evelin instructed her client to admit to her whereabouts the night of Leonard's murder as it might be the only way to prove her innocence. That was clearly not the case as Rochelle told Evelin she was at the scene of the crime. Evelin, realizing how much more damaging that would be to Rochelle's case, decided to keep that fact between them. However, the case against Rochelle continued to intensify after Kavina and Anton's testimonies. Rochelle had been presented to the court as the jealous, gilted girlfriend and it looked like she was on her way to prison. Then the last person she would ever expect came to her rescue. Lacreasha Dupree stormed into the courtroom and took the stand to testify that the man sitting in the courtroom as Leonard Stone was none other than his twin brother, Dean. It was also revealed that Aubrey knew of Dean's fraud and the judge had no choice, but to declare a mistrial. Rochelle was set free, which she celebrated by telling Dean to keep his distance after slapping him across the face, but that didn't last long as A.D.A. Liam Jackson was ready to come after Dean for fraud. As a result, Dean enlisted Rochelle's help again to find his brother's murderer.
Despite compiling a list of suspects and motives, the two were still stumped. Rochelle's re-evaluation of the suspects then led her to Kavina, whose home she broke into and subsequently, stumbled onto a secret basement where she found evidence that linked Kavina to Leonard's murder. When she confessed her supicions to Kavina, Kavina decided she had to kill Rochelle. Thanks to a call she was able to make to Dean when she escaped Kavina's clutches temporarily, he along with Lacreasha, Kyle and Liam were able to track them to Kavina's place. It was Royce's face and voice that ultimately prevented Kavina from harming herself or Rochelle. Rochelle's sympathy towards Kavina and lack of regard for Dean's feelings about Leonard's death is what separated her and Dean this time. Following the end of their semi- friendship, Rochelle got closer to Liam Jackson. She also endured Kavina's painstakingly long trial, where a rift formed between her and Royce because of her doubts that he would have stop her from being prosecuted. She would also learn the real reason Lacreasha was trying to keep her and Leonard apart. The revelation that she and Leonard were brother and sister was a signal for both women that their friendship was dead and buried. After Lacreasha handed Rochelle the birth records, they both agreed to stay out of each other's lives.
In order to get an understanding and confirmation of the truth she learned from Lacreasha, Rochelle went off to Coral Springs in search of her mother. The reunion was marked by tension from the past and Rochelle's present knowledge that her own mother allowed her to become involved with her half-brother. Although her mother (Rachel) would have Rochelle believe that was a decision she made of her own volition, attempting to deny her affair with Leo Stone until Rochelle asked point blank if Leonard was her brother, to which Rachel answered that she already knew the answer. With the truth out in the opening, Rachel asked Rochelle to stick around for a while so that they could try to repair their relationship. Rochelle felt that part of the reparation process came with understanding why things ended the way they did between her mother and father. The truth, however, did nothing to bridge the gap, but it did help Rochelle to see that she wanted to heal their estranged relationship as much as her mother did. Rochelle took her first plunge by agreeing to go with her mother to a mother/daughter function being hosted in the mansion of one Alexia Deboir. The evening seemed to be quite promising until Rochelle overheard her mother on the phone, telling Leo Stone that she couldn't tell her daughter about the nature of their relationship. The next morning, while Rochelle suffers in silence from what she learned the previous night, her mother gives her back the bracelet she lost at the function. While attempting to get an answer out of Rochelle about her time around the library without giving too much away, Rochelle becomes frustrated and calls her mother out on her lies, demanding that she stop being a coward and be honest with her, once and for all. As such, she informs her daughter that she has being seeing Leo Stone, who is now her husband, behind Rochelle's back, eliciting more ire from her daughter. However, when her mother admitted that she was selfish for wanting to have a relationship with her daughter and someone to love too, that appeared to break the icy front Rochelle was throwing her away. Left without anything more to stay, Rochelle left her mother's home in search of clarity.
The next day, Leo convinced Rachel that the only way for Rochelle to finally come to terms with their relationship was for her to stop treating it like some big, bad secret and bring it out into the opening for Rochelle to see with her own eyes. The ambush, however, was too much for Rochelle, who ran out. She didn't go far and it was Leo who would run after her and bring clarity to her hatred for her mother. After breaking down her defenses, Rochelle agreed with Leo to start anew. She and her mother have a short, sweet reunion before she prepares to leave for home. However, before leaving, she is rattled by a brief recollection of the night of Leonard Stone's murder, where she is freaked out by the sight of Leonard's blood and Kavina is trying to convince her to get a hold of herself. Upon returning to Hallandale, she would be reunited with Liam at Cypress Gardens Plaza, where they discussed the intricacies of her trip, including the fact that her mother was married to Dean's father. The two talk some more before heading to his place for a nightcap. The following afternoon, Liam decides to take Rochelle to a club, thinking that it would be a fun environment to relax and unwind. However, he soon realizes that she is more focused on what's going on between Lacreasha, Kyle and Anton than being with him and leaves in a fit of anger. Down on herself for being so stupid, Rochelle later runs into Lacreasha and deliberately gets into an argument with her. Unfortunately, Lacreasha ends up on top, reminding her former friend that Rochelle is the one that hasn't been honest with the man in her life.